The Fix: Powerwall Batteries
After Hurricane Maria powered 3.5 million people in Puerto Rico in September 2017 and had to live without basic resources such as running water, Tesla promised to install battery packs and solar panels to repair the island.
While the official death toll was 64, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this year claimed that more than 4,000 people died in the three months following the hurricane, mainly due to health care problems or medicines.
The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Cruz, said in September that the restoration of the power grid could take up to 6 months, and Tesla sent hundreds of his Powerwall batteries to help the residents in the meantime.
During an island-wide power outage in April, Musk tweets that Tesla batteries provide power to 662 locations in Puerto Rico and that employees are working to install hundreds more. In June, Musk tweeted that Tesla "runs about 11,000 projects in Puerto Rico."
Musk has previously successfully powered areas affected by natural disasters; In 2010, Musk and SolarCity donated a solar power plant to a hurricane response center in the Gulf Coast village of Coden, Alabama. The project, built by SolarCity and funded by the Musk Foundation, provided residents with an alternative source of energy in the event of a failure.
The following year, the Musk Foundation donated $ 250,000 to build a solar power plant in Soma, a town in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, devastated by a tsunami.
The verdict: He helps.